Ok so as I sit here contemplating the 42 years of life that I have had the distinct pleasure to experience I got thinking about that year that I was born. 1972…I don’t remember, probably because for 7 months of it I was living in a dark, cramped womb but hey that is splitting hairs. I figured I would take a look back at 1972 the year and get a handle on what made it a good year (if not great because after all…it was the year I was born).
I figured I would visit the Wikipedia page for that year and take a closer look at the things that made 1972 a great year (besides July 12 being the day that I came along:
- January 4 – The first scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) is introduced (price $395).
- January 5 – U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program.
- January 24 – Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is discovered in Guam; he had spent 28 years in the jungle.
- January 30 – Bloody Sunday: The British Army kills 14 unarmed nationalist civil rights marchers in Derry, Northern Ireland.
- February 3 – February 13 – The 1972 Winter Olympics are held in Sapporo, Japan.
- February 17 – Volkswagen Beetle sales exceed those of the Ford Model T when the 15,007,034th Beetle is produced.
- March 2 – The Pioneer 10 spacecraft is launched from Cape Kennedy, to be the first man-made satellite to leave the solar system.
- March 22 – The 92nd U.S. Congress votes to send the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification.
- March 24 – The Godfather is released in cinemas in the United States.
- April 10 – Tombs containing bamboo slips, among them Sun Tzu‘s Art of War and Sun Bin‘s lost military treatise, are accidentally discovered by construction workers in Shandong.
- May 26 – Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT I treaty in Moscow, as well as the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and other agreements.June 23 – Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the C.I.A. to obstruct the F.B.I.‘s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.
- July 21 – Comedian George Carlin is arrested by Milwaukee police for public obscenity, for reciting his “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television” at Summerfest.
- August 26 – September 11 – The 1972 Summer Olympics are held in Munich, West Germany.
- September 4 – The first episode of The Price Is Right is aired on CBS by Bob Barker. Gambit and The Joker’s Wild also premiere.September 28 – The Canadian national men’s hockey team defeats the Soviet national ice hockey team in Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series (French: La Série du Siècle, Russian: Суперсерия СССР — Канада), 6–5, to win the series 4–3–1.
- November – At a scientific meeting in Honolulu, Herbert Boyer and Stanley N. Cohen conceive the concept of recombinant DNA. They publish their results in November 1973 in PNAS. Separately in 1972, Paul Berg also recombines DNA in a test tube. Recombinant DNA technology has dramatically changed the field of biological sciences, especiallybiotechnology, and opened the door to genetically modified organisms.
- November 8 – the oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service in the United States, HBO, is launched.
- December 17 – Apollo 17 (Gene Cernan, Ronald Evans, Harrison Schmitt), the last manned Moon mission to date, is launched.
Here are some other “42 Year Olds” you may have heard of:
- January 13 – Nicole Eggert, American actress
- January 16 – Dameon Clarke, Canadian/American actor and voice actor
- February 5 – Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
- February 8 – Big Show, American professional wrestler
- February 15 – Jaromír Jágr, Czech hockey player
- February 17 – Billie Joe Armstrong, American rock musician and lead singer/guitarist (Green Day)
- March 6 – Shaquille O’Neal, African-American basketball player
- March 10 – Matt Kenseth, American race car driver
- March 18 – Dane Cook, American comedian
- March 22 – Elvis Stojko, Canadian figure skater
- March 28 – Nick Frost, English actor, comedian and screenwriter
- April 3 – Jennie Garth, American actress
- April 17 – Jennifer Garner, American actress
- May 2 – Dwayne Johnson, American professional wrestler and actor
- May 6 – Martin Brodeur, Canadian hockey goaltender
- May 21 – The Notorious B.I.G., African-American rapper (d. 1997)
- June 2 – Wayne Brady, African-American comedian
- July 29 – Wil Wheaton, American actor
- August 1 – Tanya Reid, Canadian actress
- August 6 – Geri Halliwell, British pop singer (Spice Girls)
- August 15 – Ben Affleck, American actor
- August 27 – Mike Smith, Canadian actor
- August 30 – Cameron Diaz, American actress
- September 21 – Liam Gallagher, British singer (Oasis)
- September 27 – Gwyneth Paltrow, American actress
- October 17 – Eminem, American rapper and actor
- November 1 – Jenny McCarthy, American actress and model
- December 11 – Daniel Alfredsson, Swedish NHL hockey player
- December 29 – Jude Law, British actor
Some interesting events through History that happened on the day of my birth also struck me as interesting:
- 927 – Æthelstan, King of England, secures a pledge from Constantine II of Scotland that the latter will not ally with Viking kings, beginning the process of unifying Great Britain. This is considered the closest thing that England has to a foundation date.
- 1691 – Battle of Aughrim (Julian calendar) – The decisive victory of William III of England‘s forces in Ireland.
- 1776 – Captain James Cook begins his third voyage.
- 1789 – French revolutionary and radical journalist Camille Desmoulins gave a speech in response to the dismissal of Jacques Necker France’s finance minister the day before. The speech calls the citizens to arms and leads to the Storming of the Bastille two days later.
- 1812 – War of 1812: The United States invades Canada at Windsor, Ontario.
- 1862 – The Medal of Honor is authorized by the United States Congress.
- 1948 – Arab–Israeli War: Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion orders the expulsion of Palestinians from the towns of Lod and Ramla.
- 1962 – The Rolling Stones perform their first concert, at the Marquee Club in London, England, United Kingdom.
Other Famous people I share a Birthday with:
- 100 BC – Julius Caesar, Roman General (d. 44 BC)
- 1817 – Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher and author (d. 1862)
- 1854 – George Eastman, American innovator and entrepreneur (d. 1933)
- 1895 – Buckminster Fuller, American architect, engineer, and author, designed the Montreal Biosphère (d. 1983)
- 1895 – Oscar Hammerstein II, American songwriter, director, and producer (d. 1960)
- 1920 – Pierre Berton, Canadian journalist and author (d. 2004)
- 1930 – Gordon Pinsent, Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter
- 1937 – Bill Cosby, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
- 1948 – Richard Simmons, American fitness trainer and actor
- 1949 – Rick Hendrick, American businessman, founded Hendrick Motorsports
- 1951 – Cheryl Ladd, American actress and singer
- 1955 – Bambi Woods, American porn actress
Well that is all I have for today as I end my reflection of my own history and start to write the next chapter in that same document. The first 42 have been great…here is to the next 42!!!